Apprentice wages differ as much as apprenticeships themselves do – that is to say, enormously.

So, don’t worry yourself too much with averages. But here’s one anyway:

The average starting salary for a degree apprentice in 2019 was £17,800 per year, according to the Incomes Data Research (IDR).  

Every apprenticeship is tailored to the person doing it. Not only that, but pay varies dramatically based on the sector you’re in, your employer, and your level of study.

You’ll also find that apprenticeships around London and the South East tend to pay a bit more, too.

So, decide what's important to you. Whether it's location, salary, or job role, you might have to make compromises to get what you want. But the important thing to remember is, you’re not paying for your tuition fees. Ka-ching.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind regarding apprentice pay:

Joe, apprentice at Caterpillar

The money was never an issue for me. At the end of the day, you finish with the same qualifications as a uni student, having been paid throughout and without anything to pay back. Sure, it’s hard work. But it’s worth it.

Levels of apprenticeship pay differently

There are far more intermediate apprenticeships out there than higher or degree ones, and because they’re at a foundation level, they offer much lower wages. Higher apprenticeships and above tend to advertise in the region of £14,000 – £24,000 per year.

Your salary doesn’t factor in the cost of your education

The draw for most apprentices is the debt-free route to a qualification. Your salary helps to fund your lifestyle while you learn, but the real value of an apprenticeship is your personal development.

Wages aren’t set in stone

If you're performing well in your job and hitting your study targets, you might find yourself with a tidy little pay rise. It’s at the discretion of your employer of course, but it is something you can bring up in your performance review if you’re feeling brave.

There is no average apprenticeship

An apprentice can be anybody, of any age or profession, at any level of study. Every one is different. The question is simply if an apprenticeship is the right path for you.

If you do find yourself on a low income during your apprenticeship, you may be eligible for Universal Credit, the government’s new tax credits system.

For the full picture, take a look at our article on understanding apprenticeship wages.